Choosing the Right EV Charging Station for Your Home: A Comprehensive Guide

5 Things to Consider Before Installing an EV Charging Station

An electric vehicle can be an efficient and eco-friendly way of travelling. However, if you want to have a convenient experience, you’ll need to install a charging station in your home. Here are some factors to consider before you select your EV charging station.

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1. Charging Amperage

One of the most important things you need to look at is charging amperage. All vehicles will have a maximum amperage that they can accept. If you choose the wrong amperage, it can end up causing problems with your car, so make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for charging stations.

2. Charging Levels

Most standard household outlets use a 120V outlet, and electric vehicles can work with this voltage. However, a higher voltage, such as 240V, will charge your vehicle faster. If you want a full battery without having to wait overnight, a more powerful charging station might be helpful.

3. Vehicle Compatibility

Some types of EVs, such as Tesla, use a proprietary charging connector. Others use a slightly more standard charger, such as a J1772 charger. When picking a station, it’s useful to select one that matches your vehicle’s standard charger. Otherwise, you have to add a charging converter, which can make things more complicated.

4. Space and Electrical Considerations

Think about where you want the charger to go before you pick any model. Some charging stations may be too large to fit in your desired space, while others might use more electricity than your electrical panel can support. It’s possible to adjust your electrical grid and home layout to match any charger, but this can make the project more costly.

5. Additional Features

Finally, consider whether you want a basic outlet for your car or a more elaborate charging station. Some EV charging stations have helpful features like energy tracking to see how much electricity your car uses or scheduling to turn off the charger during peak electrical hours. You can even find ones with internet connectivity that let you remotely stop and start your charger.

When you’re ready to add an EV charging station to your home, London Electric is here to help. To schedule your visit, contact us today.

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